ASR News & Announcements
Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer
In many ways, the Association for the Sociology of Religion has enjoyed much success over the past year and is in excellent shape as we enter 2024. Our 84th annual meeting was a great success. Highlights of this year’s meeting included Gerardo Martí’s Presidential Address, “Racial Justice and Racialized Religion: Are White Progressive Christians Getting it Right?” and Penny Edgell’s Furfey Lecture, “After Restructuring: Understanding the American Religious Landscape of the Twenty-first Century.” We offered a wide range of sessions, including two symposia on race and religion and the global south, and ASR/ASA Joint Mentoring Sessions. Further details about these and other aspects of the annual meeting are available on the ASR website at sociologyofreligion.org.
Our newest association leaders began their responsibilities. Grace Yukich is our President, and Tricia Bruce is our President-Elect. Our Secretary is Maureen Day. Our three newest Council members are Rebecca Catto, Jaime Kucinskas, and Sadia Saeed. Gerardo Martí, our past-President, will be the Chair of the Nominations Committee for our 2024 election. Please contact Gerardo if you are interested in running for a position.
The planning for our 2024 meeting in Montreal — “Religion and Intersectionality” — is well underway. We continue moving forward with Oxford University Press as the publisher of our journal and Titus Hjelm as its editor.
The 2024 Annual Meeting is being organized by our President, Grace Yukich, and our Program Chair, Aida Ramos. Our hotel will be the Hotel Monville, which is located at 1041 rue de Bleury, Montreal.
We will continue our two-day meeting pattern, with the ASA Religion Section meeting the day after to our conference on August 12th. Our opening night reception will be on Friday, August 9th, and our sessions will be on Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th. There will be approximately six simultaneous sessions each day, followed by the Furfey and Presidential Lectures, respectively, in the early evening on the 10th and 11th. The full details of the meeting and the Call for Papers can be viewed on the ASR website at sociologyofreligion.org under the Annual Meeting tab.
Please be attentive to both the submission dates and ensuring that your ASR membership is current. Because membership in ASR is required for program consideration (one author, for multi-authored papers), if you haven’t joined or renewed your membership in the Association, please do so on the ASR website before attempting to submit a proposal. Please DO NOT submit a proposal if you cannot arrange to be available during any of the time slots that the Program Chair may assign your paper presentation during any of the days of the conference. One request for a session change can result in up to eight additional changes. As you can imagine, this can be a headache and next to impossible to schedule. The Program Committee thanks you in advance for your understanding. Anyone who will present a paper or serve as a panelist, discussant, etc. during the conference must be an ASR member and register for the conference. Session organizers should make this clear to anyone they invite to participate in a session or serve on a panel.
The period for submission of session proposals is mid-January – March 31, 2024, while the submission period for individual paper abstracts extends through April 30, 2024. Please visit the ASR website at www.sociologofreligion.org for submission guidelines and for access to the online submission portal. All individual paper proposals must be submitted directly through the website. Log in to your ASR account to submit a session and/or paper abstract.
Thanks to everyone for your participation in our organization and your interest in Sociology of Religion. I look forward to working with you in the upcoming years. Please feel free to contact me at ASREO@sociologyofreligion.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding our association.
Best wishes to all of you for 2024.